|Breeder||Jeff and Mary Gaylord McClean|
|Owner||Jeff and Mary Gaylord McClean|
|Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship in 2016, 2017|
|Horse of Honor in 2016|
Top of the Mark is an American Saddlebred horse who won the Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship in 2016 and 2017. He was named a Horse of Honor by the United States Equestrian Federation in 2016.
The American Saddlebred is a horse breed from the United States. This breed was referred to as the "Horse America Made". Descended from riding-type horses bred at the time of the American Revolution, the American Saddlebred includes the Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, Morgan and Thoroughbred among its ancestors. Developed into its modern type in Kentucky, it was once known as the "Kentucky Saddler", and used extensively as an officer's mount in the American Civil War. In 1891, a breed registry was formed in the United States. Throughout the 20th century, the breed's popularity continued to grow in the United States, and exports began to South Africa and Great Britain. Since the formation of the US registry, almost 250,000 American Saddlebreds have been registered, and can now be found in countries around the world, with separate breed registries established in Great Britain, Australia, continental Europe, and southern Africa.
The United States Equestrian Federation is the national governing body for most equestrian sports in the United States. It began on January 20, 1917, as the Association of American Horse Shows, later changed to the American Horse Shows Association (AHSA). In 2001, the organization changed its name to USA Equestrian (USAE) and, in 2003 it merged with the United States Equestrian Team (USET). In 2017, USEF rebranded as US Equestrian.
Top of the Mark is a dark chestnut stallion sired by Top Spool and out of the mare Carol Lynn. His original registered name with the American Saddlebred Horse Association was Lynn's Top Dollar, but it was changed before he won any major horse shows.He was bred by Jeff and Mary Gaylord McClean, and foaled on their Golden Creek Farm at Simpsonville, Kentucky. Top of the Mark is trained by Tre Lee of Versailles, Kentucky. In 2015 Top of the Mark won the Five-Gaited Stallion Stake in the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. In 2016 Lee again entered him in the Lexington Junior League Horse Show, where he won the Five-Gaited Grand Championship. Lee and Top of the Mark competed in the 2016 World's Championship Horse Show and won the Five-Gaited Stallion World's Championship early in the show before winning the Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship on the show's final night. The United States Equestrian Federation named Top of the Mark a Horse of Honor for 2016. Top of the Mark and Lee repeated their World's Grand Championship in 2017.
Chestnut is a colour, a medium reddish shade of brown, and is named after the nut of the chestnut tree. An alternate name for the colour is badious.
The American Saddlebred Horse Association is the oldest horse breed registry for an American breed in the United States. It was founded in 1891 and is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
Mary Gaylord McClean is an American horse breeder, horse owner and exhibitor, businesswoman and philanthropist. McClean owns and shows American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies, on which she has won multiple Championships. Many of her philanthropic ventures are horse-related.
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